Gov. Nixon’s office announced late today that he’d like to back off a little on the cuts he’s proposed for colleges and universities, by using funds from a potential settlement with mortgage lenders. The Governor’s proposed budget had a $106-million cut for higher education, but he now wants to put $40-million back using money from that settlement. State attorneys general and the federal government have been negotiating with the five largest mortgage lenders over accusations of flawed and fraudulent practices. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says the settlement could net the state $40 million, with an additional $100 million to help Missouri homeowners.